Pit bull attack results in penalty

Wake to fine owner; criminal charges pend

Staff WriterMay 7, 2005 

Wake County authorities obtained a civil citation and dangerous dog notice Friday against a Wake Forest man whose dog attacked a kindergartner and a fourth-grader at a school bus stop near Knightdale this week.

Misdemeanor criminal charges also are pending against the dog owner, authorities said.

Terrell Rasheed Black, 22, of 1032 Shuford Road will be fined for allowing his animal to be at large and for failing to provide the animal with a tag or harness with a rabies tag attached, according to records faxed Friday afternoon to The News & Observer.

Black, who turned himself in to authorities after hearing about the attack, will be fined $400, said Scott Allen, a field supervisor with Wake County Animal Control.

He also will face criminal charges for maintaining an animal that attacks, Allen said.

Officials with the county's animal control division think Black allowed his brown-and-white pit bull -- named Trepound -- to run at large Monday.

Witnesses say the 40-pound animal first attacked 5-year-old Tajh Tyndal, biting the child several times before 10-year-old Asia Brantley rushed up and grabbed the dog's collar and pulled, holding tight even as the dog bit her repeatedly on both arms.

The animal did not cease its attack until school bus driver Sharon Jeffreys, 45, bashed it in the head with a metal ice scraper.

Tajh managed to escape with bites to the chest, legs, arms and left cheek.

Both youngsters were treated at WakeMed Raleigh Campus and released, authorities reported.

"I'm not sure what the outcome would have been if an adult hadn't been there," Allen said.

Trepound was captured by animal control shortly after the attack. The animal has been in county custody under a 10-day rabies quarantine as required by state law, officials reported.

Allen said he plans to ask a District Court judge to keep the animal in county custody so it can be euthanized.

"Whether or not the animal is returned to its owner depends on the judge," Allen said. "He certainly won't be adopted back out."

Allen said at least four other pit bulls were left in the yard of Black's mother, who lives in the 4400 block of Labrador Drive.

Black told Allen that he was going out of town and that he took the animals to his mother's home about 1 a.m. on the day of the attack.

The animals were chained to trees with light chains instead of the heavier-gauge chains most owners use to confine them. The dogs also were in a fenced-in yard, but the animal that attacked the children probably crawled under the fence, officials said.

Black, reached by phone Friday afternoon, apologized for the dog attack before abruptly hanging up the phone.

(Staff writer Jim Nesbitt and news researcher Lamara Williams-Hackett contributed to this report.)

Staff writer Thomasi McDonald can be reached at 829-4533 or tmcdonal@newsobserver.com.

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